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Biographical/Historical Information

The orthodox rabbi Joseph Breuer – born in Pápa, Hungary in 1882 – was closely related with Frankfurt’s neo-orthodox “Austrittsgemeinde” that had been founded by his maternal grandfather, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, and his father, Rabbi Solomon Breuer. In 1939, Joseph Breuer and his family escaped Nazi-Germany, settling in New York, where he founded an orthodox congregation for mainly German refugees in Washington Heights, “Khal Adath Yeshurun” (KAJ), which became known as “the Breuer Synagogue”. Rabbi Joseph Breuer died in New York in 1980.

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Rabbi Joseph Breuer : snapshot, Leo Baeck Institute, F 356.